According to the SPCA, microchipping is very important and invaluable on many levels. These microchips help vets, shelters, and organisations such as the SPCA inform pet owners that their pets are in their care. In addition, microchipping can act as a proof of ownership in the event of a pet being stolen. The SPCA stated that there are several instances whereby microchipping has assisted in reuniting pets with their owners over both time and distance, as every shelter and vet is equipped with a scanner. The SPCA’s boarding facility still has available space. Interested pet owners can call and query. The facility is a safe space, and the pets will be looked after. Dog walkers and people come in and give these pets affection and attention. The SPCA stresses the fact that they always have full staff contingency present during festive season. The SPCA also cautions against giving pets as presents without full prior knowledge of what is required to look after a pet. The organisation wants to remind people that pets do not stay babies forever, and require an expensive 12- to 16-year commitment.